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Veterans Day 2021

Veterans Day 2021

Reflecting on the needs of Veterans, it’s no surprise that the Veteran community is aging. Each reflection brings about a different meaning for Veterans, their families, friends, and the community in general. And it is a meaning that changes with age.

11 November 2021

The arrival of Veterans Day each year brings a time of reflection upon events of the past, an assessment of the present and fresh consideration of the time ahead.  Each reflection brings about a different meaning for Veterans, their families, friends, and the community in general.   And it is a meaning that changes with age.

It’s no surprise that the Veteran community is aging.  Of the 19 million U.S. Veterans today, over half (55%) are 65 years of age or older and half of those are 75 years or older.  (Statista, 2021). 

While the physical health issues of the veteran population mirror those of the general population, the mental health issues of Veterans are significantly increased in number and severity.  Additionally, an awareness has developed that, with aging, the Veteran’s mental health issues may become more prevalent, especially with regard to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

And then there is COVID.  Stoking the fires of loneliness, anxiety, and depression, the COVID crisis created unprecedented levels of isolation, anxiety, and loneliness, three major social determinants of health, shown to greatly impact an individual’s physical health.

Constant Companion is working with the Veterans Health Administration in several areas to tailor its innovative virtual care platform to a Veteran-specific care model.  Engaging the VA Office of Connected Care and the VA Office of Geriatric and Extended Care Services, Constant Companion is striving to integrate its capabilities for voice-initiated video calls, physician-initiated telehealth sessions, and patented hands-free call for help solutions to improve a Veteran’s social engagement, clinical interaction, and overall quality of life.

 

Respectfully,

Leon T.
Constant Companion

About Leon: As a Vietnam Veteran myself, I look forward to the day when every Veteran is receiving the care they need.

 


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